In Fixed Star astrology, the Heliacal Rising Star is the last star to rise before the Sun rises. It rules the day on which you were born and is therefore, in a sense, the ruler of the course of your life. Bernadette Brady is a bit ambiguous about some of the stars in this respect: in her book she says, for example, that Acumen is too faint to be a herald of the dawn, and yet in the computerised Fixed Star report I received from Astrologos, Acumen is down as my Heliacal Rising Star. My calculation is that it is the much luckier Sadalmelek which is my Rising Star. And it actually works much better!
But I’m not here to blurb on about my own chart. In my last blog, I didn’t include the Heliacal Rising Star of Gordon Brown, which is (as far as I can tell) FACIES. This is one of the difficult stars, for while on the one hand it suggests someone who is very strongly focussed and forceful (as Brown has always been), it is also strongly associated with ruthlessness and violence. One of the civil servants under Brown when he was at the Treasury spoke of his “sheer Stalinist ruthlessness.” The presence of this star in this position, combined with Brown’s history, suggests to me a brutal element to his leadership that will become clear to the public over time. He may also be more ready to go to war than we think.
On one of those literal notes that astrology sometimes strikes, Facies is in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer (not to be confused with the Zodiacal Sagittarius, which exists in our imaginations, but not in the heavens). Archers have very keen eyesight (hence the ‘focus’ of the star). I guess because it is a ‘difficult’ star, a number of the older commentators have associated this star with blindness and eyesight problems. Brady disagrees with this, associating Facies rather with keen eyesight. She may be right in general, but in Gordon Brown’s case, he got kicked in the head while playing rugby aged 16 (there’s Facies for you), lost one eye and eventually nearly lost the sight of the other. I don’t want to sound callous, but I love astrology when it is so literal, it gives me a sense of the raw power it can have.